Microsoft Philanthropies to donate US$1 billion in Microsoft cloud services

Microsoft Corp. has pledged to donate US$1 billion of Microsoft Cloud Services (which includes Microsoft Azure, Office 365, etc.), through the company’s new philanthropic arm Microsoft Philanthropies, to non-profits and university researchers over the next three years. This move is one of a three-part initiative to ensure that cloud computing serves the public good, and not just the wealthy.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who on Wednesday will speak at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland:
Microsoft is empowering mission-driven organizations around the planet with a donation of cloud computing services — the most transformative technologies of our generation.


Now more than 70,000 organizations will have access to technology that will help them solve our greatest societal challenges and ultimately improve the human condition and drive new growth equally.
In a press statement, the company also cites the 17 goals, which includes ending poverty, ending hunger, and ensuring affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for all, set in last September by 193 heads of state and other world leaders, and how they can be achieved through tech innovations.
The scale and computational power enabled by cloud computing will be essential to unlocking solutions to this list of some of the world’s seemingly unsolvable problems.
The non-profit program for Microsoft Cloud Services will begin rolling out this spring, and Microsoft Philanthropies aims to serve 70,000 nonprofits in the next three years.
More details about how Microsoft intends to put the Microsoft Cloud to work for the public good can be found in this blog post.
Source: Microsoft.